Andretti Autosport’s Indy Sensation Colton Herta Reveals F1 Desperation After Failed Alfa Romeo Bid

Published 01/19/2022, 1:41 AM EST

Over the years, Formula One has earned a wide range of recognition from the United States, a country that almost often sheds light on its own motorsport series, IndyCar. Consequently, a handful of drivers, who are currently contending in the American racing series, are beginning to consider a move to F1, especially amid the ongoing transition to a newer generation.

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It is only a matter of time before veterans like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Fernando Alonso hang up their boots. Hence, opportunities are going to open up for the drivers patiently waiting in line to join the Formula One grid.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 19, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Recently, 2021 Indy runner-up, Pato O’Ward, admitted that he is keen on accomplishing his childhood dream of racing in F1 despite embracing a promising future ahead in Indy. And now, Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport’s trusted Indy driver, opened up that he is hoping to find a seat in F1 in the coming years.

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He further admitted that he only has a limited time frame before he becomes ‘too old’ to race in the leading British motorsport series. His F1 desperation comes only months after Andretti Autosport’s failed attempt at buying into Alfa Romeo Racing.

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Indy driver eyeing F1 seat

According to Nathan Brown, Herta confessed that he is desperately waiting for an offer from an F1 team. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to do F1. But, I want to do a lot of things in my career & a lot of it needs certain timing. If you’re 28, you’re not going to F1,” he said.

I’d have to have a good think about it (if offered an F1 ride). But, I would most likely do it b/c I want to do F1 at some point. But I like IndyCar more than any series in the world,” Herta added.

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Apr 18, 2021; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Indy driver Alex Palou (10) at Barber Motorsports Park. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Herta is certainly one of the big names on the Indy grid. The California native currently holds the record for being the youngest-ever driver to win an Indy race. Herta was 18 years old when he won his first race, back in 2018. He was also the first driver born in the 2000s to start an Indy race.

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And here he stands, three years since his first full season stint, still eyeing a championship title. The American is very much capable of accomplishing it, considering he almost secured the title in 2020 and only missed by a few tens in 2021. So, can Herta manage to clinch his first Indy title this year?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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